AMD’s Radeon HD 6800 Series & Llano “Fusion” APU: A Story in Pictures

We happen to have the AMD Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 6850 in-house for testing at the moment. We wanted to play Show & Tell, but the nice people from AMD’s Legal Department say that we’re not allowed to tell you anything about these cards quite yet. But they are letting us go ahead and show you the cards, so without further ado:

Radeon HD 6870




Radeon HD 6850




While we were at AMD’s latest press event to see the Radeon HD 6800 series, we also had the opportunity to take a quick look at an AMD prototype board housing a Llano APU. AMD is publically showcasing the Llano demo board at the AMD Technical Forum & Exhibition in Taiwan this week, which means we’re finally allowed to discuss what we saw.

At this point AMD isn’t telling us much about Llano. Besides being on a prototype board, we don’t know much else about the hardware other than that there was a Llano APU running on the board. We don’t know the clockspeeds of the CPU or the GPU, but as with most prototypes we’d imagine both are lower than they will be when it ships. AMD had the Llano prototype running Windows 7, and on top of that running the Alien vs. Predator rolling demo. The demo was running with its default quality settings at a resolution of 1024x768. The framerate wasn't being displayed, but we'd guesstimate it to be in the mid-to-high 20's; not quite high enough to be smooth, but you could probably play on it in a pinch.

Llano Running the Aliens vs. Predator Benchmark

Note: Llano is the chip under the copper pipped heatsink; that's not a NB/SB chip

AMD is also showing additional applications at TFE that we didn't get to see, including SuperPi and Blu-Ray playback in order to showcase the APU's multitasking capabilities when it comes to stressing the GPU and CPU portions simultaniously.

And speaking of TFE and APUs, AMD is also showing off Zacate at the show, which we saw last month opposite to Intel's IDF.

AMD's Chris Cloran showing off a Zacate promotional video



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  • blagishnessosity - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    yes, mine as well ^_^ Reply
  • El_Capitan - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Ah yes. Good one. :) Reply
  • numberoneoppa - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Hah, pain in the ass. Thanks guys. I can't wait for Anand to break down the architecture differences between the different 6xxx series cards. Really planning on picking something up this round. Reply
  • nomoreinfidels - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    The pictures show only one Crossfire connector on the cards, AMD isn't going to limit their flagship cards to just two way Crossfire, so I'm pretty convinced the rumours are true. Reply
  • blacklist - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    the price of the 6870 is gonna be $270 (or something around that). check compusa webpage: compusa. c o m /applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6799926&CatId=3585 Reply
  • RedShirt - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Aweeee, I was hoping NDA lifted on the 19th, but it appears that it didn't (see post time of 12:01:00 AM). Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    I was thinking the same thing, though I don't remember who said the 19th...

    Oh well, off to read about Fallout New Vegas.
  • knutjb - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Nvidia is just getting the lower levels of their new cards out and AMD drops a couple new next gen cards before Nvidia's reviews are even cold. This can't be good for them.

    Look at all those connectors and that small package.

    Enough with the tease wheres the review!
  • Lonbjerg - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Why do people asume that the fact that "Fermi" was late, will have any influence on the timeline for NVIDIA's refresh?
    Does not compute.
  • Laitainion - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Probably because development cycles are staggered so they can recoup some of the R&D costs before hitting the market with a new product, plus while development will certainly have started on Fermi's successor many moons ago, Fermi would almost certainly have been the primary focus with any moveable resources/development teams being shifted to work on it to get it out the doors faster.

    It may not be as clear cut as Fermi = 6 months later (or however long it was) therefore successor will also be 6 months late, but if nVidia have only just finished rolling out the full Fermi line they are unlikely to have their new architecture ready to release within a reasonable time of AMD's new cards.

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